The Frustrated Gardener

The life and loves of a time-poor plantsman

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    • The Frustrated Gardener

      Hello Mary. I have not considered bitumen roofing in particular, but my preference would always be for natural materials, both for environmental and aesthetic reasons. It’s very easy to dismiss materials based on a superficial assessment of their components, manufacture and recyclability, but if they last a long time and are disposed of correctly they could be less harmful than quarrying natural stone or slate, for example. Even to create a ‘green’ roof impermeable membranes are needed. A leaky roof is no use to anyone. I’d recommend reading around the subject and seeing if any alternatives are on the market. If there’s nothing that’s suitable then get the best quality material you can and use it until the bitter end! Even when it’s no longer suitable for roofing you may be able to use it for something else in the garden. Dan

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